Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle Tasting, thanks to Ken. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rather sweet.... caramel, roasted malt, coffee ice-cream, toast and molasses. The taste is roasted malt, earth, toast, dark fruit, tangy berry, cocoa, caramel, ash, some alcohol warmth and light jamminess. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Pretty decent imperial stout.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Kenny. Pours black-brown with a tight, creamy tan head. Some lightly tangy dark malts in the nose, bit of roast, dark leather. Medium sweet flavor, a bit more tang, so e baking cocoa, bitter earth. The tangy edge seems a bit out of place. Full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some tangy dark malts, bitter cocoa, light bitter earth. I would say the beer is a little infected.
DCLawyer (1155) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Black with tan head. Aroma: strong coffee, molasses. Taste is same with definite booze presence. Good oily mouthfeel. Very good.
Wordsworth (120) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Pours dark and smells strongly of espresso. Basically the palate is espresso and hops. It’s good but not amazing. Lots of beers like this one nowadays.
kevinator (558) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good stuff but I’m really biased on this type of IS. Bourbon aroma with woody sweetness on the nose. Very dark with a caramel colored head. Light palate that an oily character. Roasted malts, caramel, woody, and bourbon. Might have needed a little more balance in the flavors. This has aged for at least a year so I expected a little more. Some fruit essences as well.
knickskicks (562) - - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, nice looking tan head with red hues and good lacing. Nose is sweet roasted malts, vanilla, some wood, raspberry as it warms. Taste is very sweet malts, molasses, vanilla, light wood, cherry, bitter black coffee and oak in the finish. High carbonation, medium sticky mouthfeel. While I would have liked more barrel character, this exceeded my expectations.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black and viscous. Tall dark tan head perched on top. Super foamy and rocky head. Rich chocolate syrup and oak with some bourbon. Chocolate and barley. Lots of sweet bourbon and oak. Some charred black patent. Full body with a clean finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a medium-brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, sambuca, earth, and char. Flavor is semi-sweet with similar notes of dark chocolate, licorice, earth, and slight vanilla. Finishes bitter and roasty with less bourbon flavor than I’d expect. Substantial carbonation and average alcohol presence. I enjoy bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts generally, but this seemed to take on very little barrel character and was just pretty ho-hum.
alexanderj (3197) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a very dark brown/black color with a smallish brown head. Aroma was quite good; bourbon, wood, caramel, cola, cocoa, and roasted malt. Some sweet and sugarness. Full mouthfeel, almost creamy but not quite. Flavor did have some complexity, but lacked some pizzazz. A bit more roasted and earthy in the flavor, with less sweetness. Alcohol was deceptive. Drinkable.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Nose is chocolate and bourbon, light toffee/tootsie roll sweetness. Black with a nice brown head and fine carbonation. Very balanced between chocolate and whiskey. Full bodied but not too heavy. Really nicely done.